Cane Corso

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Cane Corso

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Place of Origin: 


Other name: 

Cane Corso Italiano, Cane di Macellaio, Sicilian Branchiero, Italian Mastiff

Original Function: 

hunting, guard dog



Primary Current Function: 

guard dog

Date of Origin: 



While not much documentation can be found about this breed, it is believed that the Cane Corso originated in Italy. Sources claim that the direct ancestor of the Cane Corso was the old Roman Molossian, otherwise known as the "Canis Pugnax."

Cane Corso Breed Health

Major concerns: 


Occasionally seen: 


Average Size of Male: 

Height: 24 – 27 inches, Weight: 99 – 110 pounds

Suggested tests: 


Average Size of Female: 

Height: 23 – 25 inches, Weight: 88 – 99 pounds

Minor concerns: 

bone and joint problems

Life span: 

10-11 years

Cane Corso Breed History

It is thought that the Cane Corso is a lighter version that was used to aid hunters and warriors in capturing large wild animals. Popular in Italy for many years, this breed was known as a hunting companion and a guard dog. Experts claim that the name is derived from the Latin word "cohors," which roughly translated means "protector" or "guardian of the farm-yard."

Cane Corso Breed Appearance

A medium to large size dog, the Cane Corso has a strong yet elegant build that features long, powerful muscles. Of note, the muzzle of this breed is quite deep and broad. The neck is strong, slightly-arched, and very muscular. The compact body of the Cane Corso is also strong and very muscular. The short hair coat is dense and shiny but not smooth, and it becomes thicker in the winter. The coat comes in a variety of colors including: black, plumb-gray, slate, light gray, blue/gray, light fawn, deer fawn, dark fawn and tubby, which is well-marked stripes on different shades of fawn and gray. There is a black or grey mask on fawn and tubby dogs. White patches can also be found on the chest, on the tips of the feet, and on the bridge of the nose.

Cane Corso Breed Temperament

Intelligent and incredibly loyal, the Cane Corso is a quiet addition to the family, but it will be a great protector. This breed is easily trained, and obedience training and socialization is highly recommended from the start. This breed is wonderful with children in the family and is generally calm and friendly with its owners. The Cane Corso has an even, stable temperament. However, it is suspicious and sometimes aggressive towards strangers.

Cane Corso Breed Maintenance

Minimal grooming is required for the Cane Corso. Simply brush or comb the short coat on a regular basis to removed dead hair. This breed is considered to be a light shedder. While this breed can live in an apartment if enough exercise is provided, the Cane Corso is also a dog that can be happy living outside if safe shelter is available. Daily exercise is important to this athletic dog, and it will enjoy going on a long run with you.

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